Road closures, detours continue as construction projects progress in downtown Beaufort

emoody@beaufortgazette.comMarch 13, 2014 

City of Beaufort officials are asking for patience from residents, business owners and downtown visitors as construction projects progress.

City staff issued a press release Thursday with updates on the traffic signal installation, a state paving project and street light installation. The projects are all in or around the core downtown district.

"We realize there's a lot of construction going on around town, and we're requiring the contractors to be sensitive to the operations of the businesses located in the work area," city manager Scott Dadson said in the release. "We know it's an inconvenience, but we also know that as we make these improvements, the end product will benefit the city and community as a whole. It's going to be a tremendous change."

TRAFFIC SIGNAL MAST ARMS

The city is installing traffic mast arms that are expected to be sturdier and more attractive between Bay and Boundary streets on Charles Street.

Work is now focused on the intersection of Craven Street, which is closed to through traffic on the east side of Charles.

The contractor poured the foundation for the mast arms Wednesday, three days later than scheduled. Dadson said the delay was caused when crews discovered a need for additional ground stabilization before pouring the foundation.

Except for local traffic, Craven will be closed until Friday between the Port Republic Square parking lot and Charles Street. The parking lot will remain open.

Mast arm construction will progress northward on Charles Street.

NORTH STREET PAVING

North Street has been closed Thursday between Scott and New streets for paving and patching, according to the release.

The work is part of a larger paving project that included Bay and Lafayette streets in the fall, and Waddell Road and Battery Creek Drive during the last two weeks.

Crews will start the North Street paving at Scott Street, head east to New Street, and then turn around and head back to Scott.

Charles Street, between Bay and Boundary streets, is next for paving and patching.

STREETLIGHT INSTALLATION

Three weeks into the installation of 78 streetlights on Bay, Carteret, Craven, Charles and Port Republic streets, city staff reports the project is progressing.

Work began on the south side of Bay Street, a block and a half before Carteret Street, and has expanded another block to just past West Street. On-street parking in the area has been blocked to allow space for crews to work.

Five of the existing "candy cane" lights and their foundations have been removed and placed in storage, according to the release.

The work also requires digging a 16-inch trench for utility upgrades along the street. It will be covered with bricks.

Work will continue west on Bay Street to Charles Street, then turn around and head down the other side of Bay back to Carteret Street. Crews will subsequently move to the side streets.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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